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North runner strides to title

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MACKENZIE Caldwell won her first high school state title Saturday, and she’s hoping to carry that momentum into the outdoor track season.

The Columbus North senior ran 10 minutes, 47.18 seconds to win the 3,200 meters in the big-school division of the Hoosier State Relays, the unofficial state indoor track meet. Carmel’s Stacy Morozov finished second in 11:01.81.

“It was fun,” Caldwell said. “It was a good race, and it was a good way to finish out the indoor season and kind of kick off the outdoor season.”

Missing from the race was Morozov’s teammate, Kelcy Welch, who edged Caldwell to win the state cross-country title in the fall, and defending state outdoor 3,200 champion Anna Rohrer of Mishawaka. Caldwell finished third in both the 1,600 and 3,200 in last year’s state outdoor meet.

“There were a lot of good girls in the race and great runners, and I know that when I go up against Anna and Kelcy, I can run confidently again,” Caldwell said.

North’s Sierra Lax finished 10th in the race in 11:17.84. Rachel Brougher was 17th

in 11:31.54.

Two other North girls joined Caldwell in winning medals Saturday. Tessa Krempel finished fourth in the shot put (43 feet, 1½ inches), and Debie Gedeon took sixth in the 60 hurdles (9.13) for the Bull Dogs, who finished ninth overall as a team.

North’s Lax, Brougher, Janelle Peters and Nina Bouthier finished ninth in the distance medley relay (12:51.29). Avrie Allen, Bouthier, Brougher and Allison Coffey were 22nd in the 4x800 relay (10:32.29).

Jennings County’s Keri Ertel finished fourth in the 60 hurdles (9.09). Columbus East’s Sarah Loesch took 23rd in the shot (33-7½).

Jennings’ Tom Alsup was the only local medal winner for the boys after finishing sixth in the shot (54-4¾).

North’s Chase Ballard (9:37.19) and Andy Carr (9:44.45) finished 10th and 13th in the 3,200. Carr, Andrew Jones, Chris VonHoene and Ballard took 17th in the distance medley (11:11.06); Joe Wright, Michael Keller, Sam Ford and Ben Porter were 18th in the 4x800 relay (8:36.44), and Chris Sublette, Jones, Michael Behling and Justin Abbott finished 20th in the 4x200 relay (1:36.07).

Meanwhile, in the small-school division, Brown County’s Emily Brady won the pole vault with a leap of 10-0. Brady also finished sixth in the 60 hurdles (9.79) and 11th in the long jump (16-1¾), and Elly Wertz took seventh in the long jump (16-7) for the Eagles, who were 11th as a team.

Brown County’s girls also finished 14th in the 4x800 relay (10:51.39), 16th in the 4x200 relay (1:56.21) and 21st in the 4x400 relay (4:41.38). The Eagle boys took 17th in the 4x800 relay (9:01.35).

North faces challenge

The North softball team will have a stiff test to open the season Saturday when it travels to South Dearborn.

“They’re probably one of the top two or three teams in 3A,” North coach Jerry Burton said. “It’s a great challenge. It’s going to tell us right away where we’re at.”

Burton is concerned because his team hasn’t had a lot of outside practice time this spring. The Bull Dogs practiced only once over spring break last week, and about half the team was gone.

“I don’t feel like we’re ready to be out playing a game against that caliber of team with the way our practices have been,” Burton said. “It’s been tough with the weather getting outside and everything. I feel we’re not at the caliber we need to be, but that might be with all teams.”

Crusaders net national honors

Three Columbus Christian basketball players have earned All-American honors for their performances in the National Association of Christian Athletes Tournament.

Macy Wingham and Kayleigh Reed earned All-American honors after leading the Crusader girls to the Division 5 championship. Josh Miracle was honored after leading the boys to a runner-up spot in the Division 5 tourney.

Wingham, Reed and Tori Robinson earned All-Tournament honors for the girls. Miracle and Dalane Shaull were on the boys All-Tournament team.

Athletes named All-MHC

The Mid-Hoosier Conference has released its All-Conference boys and girls basketball teams.

Hauser’s Zach Johnson and Trey Shipley are on the All-MHC boys squad, along with Edinburgh’s Dakota Sneed and Colin Haskins and South Decatur’s Taylor Kopplin.

Hauser’s Leslie Sims made the All-MHC girls team, along with South Decatur’s Ashley Johannigman and Julia Miller and Edinburgh’s Allie Schooler.

Team to host rummage sale

The Hauser baseball team will host a rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday in the school’s main gym.

Those attending should enter on the south end of campus.

Tech star earns honor

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Trey Lyles, who has led Indianapolis Tech to Saturday’s Class 4A state finals, has been named Gatorade Indiana Boys Basketball Player of the Year.

Lyles is averaging 23.9 points, 13 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 blocks in leading the Titans to a 26-2 record. He has committed to play at Kentucky.

Ted Schultz is a sports reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at

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